New Latino South
By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
The Latino population in the South has grown dramatically over the last decade. The Times' occasional series chronicles the lives of Latinos in a changing region.
Since the state passed its tough immigration law, many are moving elsewhere. At one Southern Baptist church, white members struggle to reconcile their support for the measure with compassion for their fellow Christians.
Miriam Hernandez, 16, was born in Georgia. Working two jobs to help support her mother and siblings, she is the main breadwinner since her stepfather, an illegal immigrant, returned to El Salvador.
Rodney Hunt, an oral surgeon who says he wants to retain conservative power in the state, came out of obscurity to become the citizen leader of the cause. Now the success of state politicians seems to hang on his group's support.
A crackdown in Gainesville means driving without a license can lead to deportation, so many use a 'taxista' -- or simply move away.
Like farmers across Georgia, labor contractor Don Pedro is worried that the state's tough new immigration law is scaring away an illegal immigrant work force. The law is set to take effect July 1.
Pedro Guzman was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala by his mother when he was 8. Now 31, with a wife and 4-year-old son, his legal status in the U.S. has been rejected and he faces the prospect of deportation and separation from his family.
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